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Bulldogs Shutdown Dartmouth In 55-45 Victory

Austin Morgan (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Austin Morgan (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Austin Morgan Paces Yale With 14 Points

HANOVER, N.H. - A big defensive effort helped the Yale men's basketball team get back on track. The Bulldogs held Dartmouth to 25 percent shooting from the field en route to a 55-45 victory over the Big Green at Leede Arena.

"We really played well defensively," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "We dug in and played hard."

Austin Morgan paced Yale with 14 points. He was 4-of-6 from the field and added five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes. Michael Sands scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Alex Zampier contributed nine points and Reggie Willhite scored six off the bench.

Robby Pride led Dartmouth with 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Bulldogs (11-17, 5-6 Ivy) scored the first six points of the game and never relinquished the lead.

Dartmouth (5-20, 1-10 Ivy) got within six points three times in the final 2:30, but each time Yale responded with a basket. Sands hit a jumper from the foul line to make it 49-41 with 2:02 left. After Pride scored on a layup, Zampier answered with a jumper off a nice feed from Morgan. The Big Green pulled back within six on two Ronnie Dixon free throws with 1:02 left. Morgan, though, sealed the win by making two foul shots with 30 seconds left.

"We were very unselfish and made some big shots to keep them at bay," Jones said.

Yale outrebounded the Big Green 41-37.

The Bulldogs held Dartmouth scoreless for nearly four minutes to open the game. Yale's biggest lead of the first half was 14, but the Big Green scored the final four points of the half to trail 26-16 at the intermission.

The Bulldogs shot 40 percent from the field in opening 20 minutes, while Dartmouth was just 7-of-31 (22.6 percent).

Yale's biggest lead of the second half was 11.

NOTES: Sands's double-double was the first of his career... Yale swept the season series from Dartmouth for the third time in the last four years... Jones improved to 18-4 against Dartmouth during his tenure at Yale...The Big Green stayed in the game by making 14-of-17 free throws. Yale was 13-of-19 from the foul line...Dartmouth's 45 points were the fewest the Bulldogs have allowed in a game this season... Yale plays at Harvard on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Crimson knocked off Brown 91-71 on Friday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity